As promised I am sticking to my weekly posting about Veganism, it's important to me that I spread the knowledge and although I don't believe in vegetable pushing I do believe in helping others help them self's and something the only way to do that is by kindly showing them PROOF of what is truth! So today I want to share some fun and factual reason to go green and go vegan.
Today I want to share: 10 reasons to GO VEGAN!
1. Slim Down While Feeling Good
Vegetarians are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters. And unlike unhealthy fad diets, which leave you feeling tired (and gaining all the weight back eventually), going vegan is the healthy way to keep the excess fat off for good while feeling full of energy.
2. It's the Best Way to Help Animals
Every vegetarian saves more than 100 animals a year from horrible abuse. There is simply no other way that you can easily help so many animals and prevent so much suffering than by choosing vegan foods over meat, eggs, and dairy products.
3. A Healthier, Happier You
A vegan diet is great for your health! According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters. Vegetarians get all the nutrients they need to be healthy (e.g., plant protein, fiber, minerals, etc.) without all the nasty stuff in meat that slows you down and makes you sick, like cholesterol and saturated animal fat.\
4. Vegan Food Is Delicious
So you're worried that if you go vegan, you'll have to give up hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and ice cream? You won't. As the demand for vegan food skyrockets, companies are coming out with more and more delicious meat and dairy product alternatives that taste like the real thing but are much healthier and don't hurt any animals. So BETTER food without all the crap!
5. Meat Is Gross
It's disgusting but true: Meat is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids, all of which make animal products the top source of food poisoning in the United States. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested supermarket chicken flesh and found that 96 percent of Tyson chicken was contaminated with campylobacter, a dangerous bacteria that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. YUMMY!!??
6. Help Feed the World
Eating meat doesn't just hurt animals; it hurts people too. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals-in fact, it takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be used much more efficiently if it was fed to people directly. The more people who go vegan, the more we can feed the hungry.
7. Save the Planet
Eating meat is one of the worst things that you can do for the Earth; it's wasteful, it causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the meat industry is one of the biggest causes of global warming. Adopting a vegan diet is more important than switching to a "greener" car in the fight against global warming.
8. All the Cool Kids Are Doing It
The list of stars who shun animal flesh: Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Tobey McGuire, Shania Twain, Alicia Silverstone, Anthony Kiedis, Casey Affleck, Kristen Bell, INXS lead singer J.D. Fortune, Benji Madden, Alyssa Milano, Common, Joss Stone, and Carrie Underwood are just a handful of the super-sexy vegetarians who regularly appear in People magazine. This is truly one band-wagon you should get on.
9. Personal Growth
Although all of the above are very good reasons for going vegan, some of the best reasons for going vegan include how it helps you as a person. Self-esteem can inevitably rise as knowing that you're doing the right thing enhances how you feel about your power to change yourself and the world around you. Going vegan can help you find your voice. Even some people who are very shy suddenly find themselves empowered by having something very important to say. Starting to live your life in adherence to vegan principles can help you navigate other aspects of morality with greater clarity. After having stood up to how wrong animal abuse is, abuse in other areas--and ways in which you can help--become clearer.
10. Money Matters
Going vegan can greatly help your pocketbook. Although there are certainly expensive vegan foods on the market, most moderate vegan items are much cheaper than their meat-filled alternatives. Steak is much more expensive than tofu. Vegan dining out can mean you get to indulge in that pleasure twice as often.Making vegan choices also helps you to think about all the purchases in your life. Over-consumption is usually toned down at least slightly when one becomes a vegan. It's not as easy to make impulsive purchases when some items are clearly leather, meat, or milk filled.